NC 13.2 billion left-hander Koo Chang-mo’s recovery from injury has been slow. We’re a month away from the start of the Hangzhou Asian Games, and he hasn’t even started pitching out of the bullpen yet. When will he be able to return to the first team, and will he be able to participate in the Asian Games?
NC manager Kang Myung-ho met with reporters before the team’s 11th game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against Doosan at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on April 19 to provide an update on the rehabbing pitcher.
Koo, who was in the first year of a 6+1 year, up to 13.2 billion won multi-year contract, made a start against Jamsil LG on June 2 and was removed after throwing five pitches. The reason was an injury. After two medical examinations, he was diagnosed with a micro-injury to the flexor muscle between his elbow and wrist, and was given a three-week rehab assignment. He then traveled to Ijima, Japan, a mecca for rehabilitation, for two weeks of treatment, and his condition worsened until he suffered a stress fracture in late June.
It has been more than two months since he was sidelined from the first team. Coach Kang said, “Koo Chang-mo has started playing 20-meter catch. “After the weekend, we will decide whether he should go through the ITP (Intensive Throwing Program) from next week or train a little more now,” Kang said. It’s a little hard to say when I’ll be back. We’ll have to see how it goes.”
Despite the injury, Koo Chang-mo has been selected as a wildcard for the Hangzhou Asian Games, which begin next month on March 23. Along with fellow wildcard Park Se-woong (Lotte), he was tipped as a one-two punch to lead the team. However, an unexpected fatigue fracture injury left him with no guarantee of participation.
“I hope he can return to the team and play one or two games before the Asian Games, so he can improve his performance,” Kang said. “If he can play one or two games, it will help our team and the national team. He has a role to play in the national team.”
Meanwhile, NC’s starting lineup against Doosan’s Choi Seung-yong is Son Ah-seop (designated hitter), Park Min-woo (second base), Park Geon-woo (right field), Jason Martin (center field), Kwon Hee-dong (left field), Seo Ho-chul (third base), Yoon Hyung-joon (first base), Kim Joo-won (shortstop), and Ahn Jung-yeol (catcher). The starting pitcher was Eric Peddie.메이저사이트
Song Myung-ki, whose start the day before was canceled due to rain, will be in the bullpen for games 19 and 20. Kang said he plans to readjust the starting rotation with Lee Jae-hak’s return next week.